The upcoming season of Chris Hardwick‘s BBC America series The Nerdist is starting strong with a guest lineup that draws from nerd royalty and from Hardwick’s other steady TV hosting gig on AMC, Talking Dead. BBC America has revealed the 10-episode new season will see appearances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Matt Smith, Katee Sackhoff, Tatiana Maslany, Michael Rooker, Guillermo Del Toro, Gillian Jacobs, Robert Kirkman, Buzz Aldrin, Karen Gillan, Bobak Ferdowsi, Jenna-Louise Coleman and others to be announced. The show will also feature standup from the likes of Kyle Kinane, Matt Kirshen, Natasha Leggero, Paul Scheer Ron Funches and Rob Hubel. The Nerdist airs Saturday nights at 10 PM as part of BBC America’s ‘Supernatural Saturday’ lineup. The new season starts March 30.
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Chris Hardwick, host of BBC America‘s new series The Nerdist, explained today on a TCA panel how podcasts are becoming the new showcase for today’s comedians. “The podcast movement was really a creative survival mechanism for standup comics,” said Hardwick, whose show based on his Nerdist Podcast has been commissioned for a full-season order and will make its debut in the spring. “The comedy boom died in the ’90s, even now there is not much standup comedy on television. We comedians just needed a way to express ourselves in public in a way that would let people know who we are and what we’re about.” Nerd culture, Hardwick said, was just something he needed to talk about because “I was feeling suffocated in the industry.”
Part of Hardwick’s varied past is a mid-1990s stint as co-host of MTV’s Singled Out with Jenny McCarthy. He was asked to comment on that experience. “I don’t think that’s a superlative memory,” he reflected. “I remember on the first day of taping I was waiting for Jenny and she hadn’t come out yet, was she having a ‘famous’ moment?” Hardwick recounted. McCarthy finally popped out of her dressing room, frazzled, and asked if somebody had a plunger. “She spent 15 minutes trying to …
BBC America is expanding its relationship with Chris Hardwick‘s Nerdist franchise, with the network ordering a full season of comedy-variety talk show The Nerdist based on Hardwick’s hit podcast. The 10-episode season will be shot in LA and feature celebrity guests, UK and U.S.-based correspondents, and stand-up and musical performances. It will debut in spring 2013 as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday block that includes Doctor Who, Being Human and new original series Orphan Black. Hardwick will also host the programming block beginning in the spring. BBA America aired a collection of Nerdist-branded specials this year; Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, Chris’s partners in the podcast, will return as contributors. The Nerdist will continue to be produced by Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios, with Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson executive producing.
The Nerdist marks the latest original programming move at BBC America, joining Crash Course, Wild Things, new drama Orphan Black and the just-renewed Copper.